The List of Possible Gastric Bypass Complications

Practically, every surgery comes with its own side effects. According to date there are around 5% of gastric bypass surgery patients that experience gastric bypass complications after the surgery.

The List of Possible Complications

The following is the lists of possible complications that you might experience after the surgery:

1.  Respiratory complications – some patients experience the difficulty to breathe after the surgery. There are some speculations that this problem may be related with sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea or breathe-related problems you should inform your doctor before the surgery to take the necessary precaution steps.

2. Infections – there are around 2% to 3% patients who experience infections after gastric bypass surgery.

3.  Bowel obstructions – it is rare condition that occurs in less than 1% of patients. It is painful and dangerous. The condition happens because the scar tissue blocks the bowels passage.

4. Gallstones – according to one study, there are up to 30% of gastric bypass patients that will develop gallstones as the consequence of losing weight so fast. If you get gallstones after the surgery you must contact your doctor to get it removed as fast as possible.

5. Kidney stones – this is another possible complication as a result of the surgery. According to one study, your body can develop kidney stones 3 months after the surgery.

6. Vitamin deficiencies – this is the most often and serious complications that gastric bypass surgery patients might experience. Therefore, it is important you take vitamin as prescribed by your doctor every day.

7. Reactive hypoglycemia – this is happens because your body release excessive insulin. There are several sensations that might occur such as fatigue, sweating, depression, headaches, and nervousness.

Other Known Side Effects

Aside from the 7 gastric bypass complications mentioned above. There are other known side effects such as:

-          Opening of the incision

-          Leaking of intestine

-          Blood cots

-          Ulcers

-          Internal hernias

-          Twisted bowels

-          Hemorrhage

-          Dumping syndrome

-          Dehydration

-          Indigestion

-          Hypoglycemia

-          Nausea and vomiting

-          Organ injury

-          Stenosis

-          Reflux disease

How to Minimize Your Risk

There are several precaution steps that you can take to minimize your risks:

  1. You should inform any of your health-related conditions to your doctor before doing the surgery. Your doctor then can determine which type of surgery that is best for you.
  2. Choose your surgeon carefully. According to study, your surgeon’s experience can determine the outcome of the surgery greatly.
  3. Inform your doctor quickly if you experience anything strange after the surgery. In this way, your doctor can take the necessary steps right away.